Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller. Alden Ehrenreich. Donald Glover. Until today, the identity of that small crew was all we knew about the upcoming Han Solo standalone movie. Now we can add the Mother of Dragons herself to that team: Game of Thrones Emilia Clarke has been cast as the films female lead.
Its yet another coup for the movie, which takes place before Star Wars: Episode IV—A New Hope and follows the adventures a young Han Solo (Ehrenreich). First, it was big news that Lego Movie directors Lord and Miller were tackling yet another fan-beloved property. Next, Hail Caesar’s breakout star Ehrenreich landed the title role. Then, in what seemed like a trifecta, Glover came aboard to play Lando Calrissian. Clarke now joins that team. Her character doesn’t yet have a name, but she’ll be part of a “dynamic cast of characters that Han and Chewie will encounter on their adventures.”
If theres a small downside to the casting, its that Lord and Miller had been testing other actresses throughout the fall, including Tessa Thompson, Kiersey Clemons, Zo Kravitz, Naomi Scott, and fellow Game of Thrones cast member Jessica Henwick. Of those floated in Variety’s story on the casting, Clarke is the only white actress. But considering Clarke must be playing an all-new character, and shes spent the better part of the last decade playing one of the most confident and powerful female characters on television, shes a great pick. All thats left is to make sure Clarkes role lives up to her abilities.
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